cin·​der | \ ˈsin-dər How to pronounce cinder (audio) \

Definition of cinder

1 : the slag from a metal furnace : dross
2a cinders plural : ashes
b : a fragment of ash
3a : a partly burned combustible in which fire is extinct
b : a hot coal without flame
c : a partly burned coal capable of further burning without flame
4 : a fragment of lava from an erupting volcano

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Other Words from cinder

cindery \ ˈsin-​d(ə-​)rē How to pronounce cindery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cinder in a Sentence

Cinders from the campfire floated through the air.

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In September, the people in Kamarata pulled about 60 ounces of it from the big hole that was dug between cinder-block shanties, a stone’s throw from the office of Mr. Sandoval, the captain. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 Two Bit Circus takes up 38,000 square feet of a cinder-block warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "The New Retail Tenant: A High-Tech Amusement Park," 22 Aug. 2018 From faces and hearts on large buildings' inner pillars to a hat on a curbside fire hydrant, to a robot, haloed in pink, flashing a peace sign from a cinder-block wall, his images show a vast city-scape of possibility. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "4,000 miles of Detroit art: A man with a camera, a bicycle and a goal," 5 July 2018 Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation have been pushing for the funding needed to build the new complex since taking a tour of the old cinder-block buildings in early 2016. Susan Montoya Bryan, The Seattle Times, "Nuclear security agency begins work on New Mexico complex," 2 July 2018 The cinder-block buildings and razor-wire fences of correctional facilities across the U.S. hide thousands of opioid-addicted prisoners from the public eye. Brian Barnett, STAT, "Jails and prisons: the unmanned front in the battle against the opioid epidemic," 2 July 2018 After a mile the sandy stream bed squeezes between towers of black cinders. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Drawn by the feasts of horse oats and refuse, rats often pass unimpeded from the barns through holes visible in the sides of the cinder-block dorms and small clapboard shacks where the workers live, according to workers who reside there. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Rare Hantavirus May Have Caused Belmont Racetrack Worker’s Death," 22 June 2018 In a cinder-block garage in Stroudsburg, Pa., Mr. Reese discovered a trove of pamphlets printed in Kentucky in the 1820s. Andy Newman,, "William Reese, leading seller of rare books, dies at 62," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of cinder

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cinder

Middle English sinder, from Old English; akin to Old High German sintar dross, slag, Serbian & Croatian sedra calcium carbonate

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The first known use of cinder was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of cinder

: a very small piece of burned material (such as wood or coal)


cin·​der | \ ˈsin-dər How to pronounce cinder (audio) \

Kids Definition of cinder

1 : a piece of partly burned coal or wood that is not burning
2 : ember
3 cinders plural : ash entry 2 sense 1

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